Now Part of the U.S. Air
CAP continues its 75-year legacy of service
hen Civil Air Patrol was awarded the U.S.
Congressional Gold Medal in December 2014 for its
contributions during World War II, it seem
life could get much better for this service organization and
then it did.
Above, a CAP Cessna
sits front and center
among U.S. Air Force
aircraft at Nellis Air Force
Base, Nevada symbolic
support for the Air Force
Just a few months later, as CAP was little more than a year
away from its 75th anniversary, the U.S. Air Force enhanced
position as the Air official auxiliary by including
CAP as a strategic partner in its Total Force. In addition to
CAP, the Total Force now encompasses members of the
regular Air Force, Air National Guard, Air Force Reserve, Air
Force retired military and civilian employees.
as a vital member of the
The Air Force can now consider how to use any mix of these
Total Force assets to best complete its noncombat missions.
This ultimate honor affords CAP great respect but entails
added and welcomed responsibilities.
By Kristi Carr
22 Civil Air Patrol Volunteer